Will The Great Falls Tribune Be Fair?

If you paid any attention to the recent Great Falls City election, you know that three things are true: a positive, pro-growth, pro-transparency agenda reigned over all, that name ID and incumbency forgave serial malfeasance, and that screeching, far-left nobodies were tossed into the electoral trash heap.

What is one to make, then, of last-place finisher Jasmine Taylor, whose since-deleted Facebook rant single-handedly triggered a hit piece from Tribune reporter Karl Puckett against the eventual leading vote-getter, Rick Tryon?

During the campaign, then-candidate Tryon had a dustup with Bill Strizich. According to Tryon, it was a private conversation and not newsworthy. According to leftist activists (and Puckett — are they one and the same?), it was precisely the thing to publish on the very day that absentee ballots were mailed out for the election (though the “incident” in question took place days before).

I asked Tryon about the Tribune piece.

“Karl Puckett told me that the story in question was newsworthy because it was posted online,” Tryon said.

Well, there you have it.

What a laudable editorial standard.

Despite Taylor admitting at the time that she had no firsthand knowledge of the exchange between Tryon and Strizich, a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune nevertheless found it appropriate to bring Rick Tryon to heel as a result of Taylor’s deeply partisan hearsay.

You can’t find the original high-sounding, moralistic, preachy post from Taylor’s Facebook feed anymore, because something interesting happened. In the comments section on her post, Taylor herself was credibly accused of actual violence. Acting like a typically guilty person (and after realizing she had just been outed as a hypocrite), Taylor quickly deleted the post to cover up her own allegedly violent past, though not before one of our readers sent it to me today:

For those who don’t know, for many years, Rachel Kaiser has been a community institution, with her artwork and murals delightfully decorating our downtown. I believe her, and invite her to continue to speak truth to power.

The question, though, is will Karl Puckett and the Tribune exact the same journalistic diligence — since a similar allegation was merely thrown about “online” — against a shrill, far-left candidate for the state legislature as it did against Tryon?

You see, this sort of deep dive oughtn’t be a retrospective. In fact, it couldn’t be more timely or topical.

Amusingly, Jasmine Taylor just filed to run as a Democrat in House District 22 against two-term incumbent Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R-Great Falls).

So what will Puckett do?

Time will tell, but given how odious Taylor is, I’m hearing that even the RINO’s are lining up to support “Grandma Lola.” Apparently, a public Facebook profile celebrating abortion just isn’t resonating on the West Side.

I can’t believe the Democrats are this hard up, but I guess they are.

Posted by Philip M. Faccenda

Philip M. Faccenda is an AIA award-winning architect and planner. He is the Editor-in-Chief of E-City Beat.

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8 Replies to “Will The Great Falls Tribune Be Fair?”

  1. Phil isn't a journalist February 12, 2020 at 7:12 PM

    It’s funny how Gianforte bodyslamming a reporter is seen by Tryon and the hacks here at E city beat as something to be proud of, yet here someone is violent. Maybe ask for the rest of the story from Kaiser as it was posted but excluded. She was drunk and had an issue with Taylor, got physical, got kicked out of the establishment, while Taylor was allowed to stay as she was acting in self-defense. It seems if Phil and Rick are just really scared of strong women and will do anything to knock them down a peg. Though I wouldn’t expect a ‘journalist'” like Philip Faccenda to report on or even care about the facts. In your own words “what a laudable editorial standard.”


      1. Phil is a scared man February 12, 2020 at 10:13 PM

        And deleting comments now. Seems appropriate from you guys. Scared of actual facts


      2. Phil isn't a journalist February 12, 2020 at 10:17 PM

        Maybe get some actual facts before you post the story then? You know, the story about a publication not getting the facts. Do you guys know the definition of hypocritical? Maybe ask the parties involved? Get the screenshots above what you have that actually go into some detail? Ask Rachel where she assaulted Taylor at and ask the servers there why Rachel was kicked out? But I forgot, Phil isn’t a journalist.


    1. Scared of strong women? My life has been greatly influenced by the strong women in it. My mom raised three boys mostly by herself and worked her tail off to do it.

      My wife of 37 years is the rock of my life and being a cancer survivor she is by far one of the strongest people I have ever known.

      We’ve raised two daughters, both of whom I am so very proud of because they are not only strong but they’re kind and loving people. That is real strength.

      Strong women don’t scare me, they inspire me and always have.

      The people that aren’t strong and that don’t inspire me, men or women, are those that hide behind anonymous phony names while they make their “strong” and “brave” smears on me and others, hiding their identities.


      1. Ricky has thin skin February 12, 2020 at 10:07 PM

        Sorry I post anonymously Ricky, I’m just scared of you taking me out lower south side style (this isn’t the Bronx, quit saying dumb shit like this.) You have women in your life so you couldn’t possibly be scared of strong women? All of your foaming at the mouth towards any woman who challenges you proves otherwise. You have the thinnest, greyest, unhealthiest looking skin I have ever seen for someone who complains so much. Your going to kill this town off with your anti youth and women positions and I can’t wait to see it and laugh.


      2. Ricky has thin skin February 12, 2020 at 10:25 PM

        Ricky, you know women, cool story. Doesn’t mean you aren’t intimidated and threatened by strong women. You’ve shown your true colors by what you have done and said. You have the thinnest, greyest, unhealthy looking skin I have ever seen when it comes to women challenging you.
        As for being Anon, I’m just scared of you going all lower South side on me (stop saying dumb things like this, it’s not the Bronx.)
        Lastly your policy stanches and thoughts are going to kill this city with how much you will be pushing women and young people further away from this town. You’re going to be the death knell of this town if they listen to you and I’m going to laugh from a successful city far away.


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